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The Doomsday Clock Was Just Moved Forward—And We Haven't Been This Close To Midnight Since 1953

The Doomsday Clock Was Just Moved Forward—And We Haven't Been This Close To Midnight Since 1953
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Updated 5 months ago

On Thursday, January 25, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists held a presentation to announce some unfortunate news: The Doomsday Clock has moved forward 30 seconds. We are now just two minutes away from "midnight." The clock, which was created in 1947, is a symbolic piece of art run by a board of scientists (which includes 15 Nobel laureates) to show how close mankind is to global catastrophe. This is the closest we've been since 1953, at the height of the Cold War.

Major factors informing the 30-second move include Trump's and Kim Jong-Un's nuclear threats and a global lack of action in response to climate change.

The clock has never been more than 17 minutes away from midnight, but this is the closest it's been since the U.S. tested its first thermonuclear weapons.

Scientists are worried about the future of our planet.

One of the most unsettling factors influencing the scientists' decisions was the spread of anti-intellectualism.

When people in power distance themselves from provable, scientific facts, we're in trouble.

The world should read the clock as a warning. If we don't take it seriously, we could be in even more danger than ever before.